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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Did you ever feel...

...that your kid has become more than you? Well, that's how I felt over last week as I saw my son receive his Ranger Tab at Ft. Benning, GA. I was truly humbled as I fully realized just what he had accomplished, and also so proud I thought I'd explode. I haven't smiled this much since the Albany 1990 shows.
Oh, yeah, he did appreciate the fact that he had a bunch of aging 'heads rooting for him, as did I.
OK, I'm done with the bragging. Back to the business at hand.

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Poster: Stealz Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

I thoroughly commend both he and you for the sacrifices you have both made and will to continue to make in honor of country, liberty, and freedom. Congratulations to you, SDH, on this occasion of great pride and celebration. Congratulations to your son on his noteworthy and highly respectable achievement.

Silly to think you haven't already, but tell him to watch his head where ever his duties take him. Courage and bravery are something I marvel at because I lack both. I am truly in awe of your son.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Sweet deal! What exactly does that Ranger Tab entail?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

He has succesfully graduated Ranger School, one of the toughest military training schools out there and is now among the U.S. Army's top-flight group. His next step may be to enter the Special Forces, but he has yet to make that decision.

For a brief explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_School

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, ranger is one of the base character classes. They are protectors of nature, skilled woodsmen, and often live reclusive lives as hermits.

Wood Elves and Lupins (a race of canine humanoids from the Mystara Campaign setting, updated to 3.5 in Dragon magazine #325) have Ranger as their favored class, as do Shifters from the Eberron campaign setting.

The ranger is primarily based on the character Aragorn, and the Rangers of the North of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth mythos, as warriors who use tracking and other wilderness skills to hunt down their enemies.[1] The AD&D second edition handbook mentions several other inspirations from myth and legend, such as Robin Hood, Jack the Giantkiller, the huntresses of Diana, and the Greek hero Orion.

The popular ranger character Drizzt Do'Urden, in R. A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms D&D novels, may also have influenced the class's development. Notably, Rangers in AD&D First Edition did not have the ability to fight with two weapons (Drizzt acquired this skill during his drow upbringing). Second Edition added two weapon fighting as a standard ability for rangers.

Other notable rangers in the literature of Dungeons & Dragons include Hank from the cartoon series, Riverwind from the Dragonlance series, King Tristan Kendrick from Forgotten Realms, and Ren from Pool of Radiance.



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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

As cool as that may have been, my son has not become a character in a fictional world so revered by the socially stunted among us who are still huddled around hand drawn maps of dungeons uttering things like: "Damn, that's 5 hit points!", or "Where the hell did you get a Spell of Invisibility?"

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Poster: BryanE Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

smartass

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Poster: JodyC Date: Oct 1, 2007 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Well done. Give him our best. You should be proud. I think my daughter at 19 has just about lapped me intellectually and responsibility. She must have got a heavy dose of the wifes accounting gene to offest the heavy dose of my, wel, heavy dose. Lets hope theres enough of them out there to turn this spiralling world a bit more level in their lifetimes.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Isn't that the feeling we all hope and pray for? I sure hope to look up to my kids one day. Congrats again to your son and your family.

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Poster: DeadDave50 Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Sometimes ya wonder how they get so damn smart....My daughter will be finishing her Med res soon.....I was barely able to get through high school....of course if I would have shown up for classes more I might have done better....and her mother gets lost going to the store...so where she got her smarts who the hell knows....

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 1, 2007 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

SDH: That is incredible. I respect your son's choice in profession and his strong internal drive. That is a tremendous feat of accomplishment. May he be safe and do good things for our country and world.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Oct 1, 2007 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

SDH congrats on your son making it,it's no easy task.way cool.a lot of people don't realize how smart you have to be to get into a elite outfit like your son.i wanted to go into special forces out of high school but the army said no.the test they gave me was hard.i did qualify to be a tank gunner lol.i didn't want to be a tank gunner so i didn't join.ended up joining the grateful dead :) congrats to you and your son.here's some special forces photo's.he'll get to wear crazy beards and try out all the new weapons if he goes to spec ops.


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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 1, 2007 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Never knew Santa was ex-Special Forces, but I guess HALO training would come in handy in case one of his Reindeer has a blowout and he has to bail.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

Hats off once again to a proud and stoked dad and his way above average son...Shine On ~

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Poster: BryanE Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did you ever feel...

High five, old man!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 1, 2007 7:06am
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Awesome!!!!! Big time Congratulations to you and your son!!!!!!